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Academics

Situated just outside of Boston, Brandeis University is a phenomenal school that “teaches ... the value of hard work, cultivates curiosity and [an] interest in learning, and introduces one to various perspectives.” Importantly, the university offers undergrads “the opportunity to explore every possible interest, from cupcakes to neuroscience, with the overwhelming support of faculty and peers.” Because Brandeis embraces a policy of academic “flexibility,” students feel free to “to study whatever they want.” There’s also an “abundance of undergraduate research opportunities in all majors.” Overall, undergrads here find their coursework “challenging” and “rewarding.” Inside the classroom they are greeted by “engaging, insightful, and responsive” professors who truly make an effort to “relate to students.” As one delighted individual shares, “My current bio teacher is known for using memes in her lectures, and they’re usually pretty funny.” It’s also quite evident that professors “care for their students and want them to be successful.” To that end, they strive to make themselves “accessible” and “encourage students coming to talk to them.” Perhaps that’s why one highly contented undergrad asserts, “I strongly believe the professors are one of Brandeis’s most appealing aspects.”

Student Body

It’s safe to say that Brandeis students really care for their peers. After all, they rush to describe them as “intelligent, driven [and] kind-hearted.” They also seem to maintain “a diverse range of interests (both academic and extracurricular) and are extremely passionate about everything they are involved in.” Moreover, undergrads readily admit that they “do have the tendency to be a little more on the introverted and nerdy side.” And they truly love that their classmates are often “quirky and a little weird in the best way possible.” As one student explains, “There is no normal Brandeis. I love that I can wear whatever I want because I know there’s nowhere where it will be a problem that I don’t fit in or feel judged. Everyone’s attitude is kind of ‘do whatever you want to/need to do.’” Given that openness, it’s not too surprising to learn that Brandeis students also report that their classmates are quite “friendly.” Indeed, a student reports, “Everyone here is very welcoming and supportive and they push me to try a bit harder every day, while offering support whenever it is needed without even having to be asked to do so.”

Campus Life

At Brandeis, academics often take top priority. And first-year students quickly discover that “on weeknights the library is the most social spot on campus.” But fear not; undergrads here still manage to find plenty of time to step away from the books. In fact, we’re told that “Brandeis thrives on its campus club and student activities culture,” which makes sense given that there are over 200 clubs on campus to join. Many students can be found participating “in community service clubs, cultural clubs, electronics clubs, and religious organizations, do research in labs, perform in musicals and plays, participate in sport events, and play music in ensembles.” Undergrads also simply “enjoy the green spaces on campus and have fun connecting [there] with other students.” Once the weekend rolls around, “there are always shows going on, whether it’s theatre, a cappella, or improv.” Additionally, there tend to be “sports events and guest lecturers.” Undergrads also frequently attend “Greek life events off campus.” However, those gatherings are “not sanctioned by the university.” Lastly, students love the school’s “[close] proximity” to Cambridge and Boston. And since Brandeis has a commuter rail stop on campus and runs a free shuttle on weekends, both cities are wholly “accessible” and provide a great respite from campus life.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jennifer Walker
Dean of Admissions

Address
Shapiro Admissions Center
Box 9110
Waltham, MA 02454-9110

Phone
8006220622

Email
admissions@brandeis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Shapiro Science Center
Mandel Center for the Humanities
Rose Art Museum
Usdan Campus Center
Gosman Sports Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Newbury Street
Fenway Park
Harvard Square
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Common and Public Garden

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
9am-5pm
8006220622

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
sportsinfo@brandeis.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Email professor listed on the open class list found online

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
limited number of spaces for certain campus events

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is 15 miles from campus. To get to campus, you can take a ride-sharing service, regular taxi, or airport shuttle and subway from the airport. The admissions website supplies information on these transportation possibilities. Greyhound buses and other bus lines serve Boston and the Riverside Terminal in Newton; from there you can take a a ride-sharing service or taxi to campus. Commuter rail trains from Boston bring you within walking distance of campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.) eastbound, take exit 14 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30 exit in Weston. Follow the signs to Rte. 30 (exit 24); at the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30. Take the first right and continue to campus, which is 2 miles ahead on the left. From I-90 westbound, take exit 15 for I-95/Rte. 128 and Rte. 30. After the tollgate, go straight. At the top of the ramp, turn right; at the traffic light, turn right, and at the next traffic light, turn left. Campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 northbound, take Exit 24. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Rte. 30; take the first right; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left. From Rte. 128/I-95 southbound, take Exit 24. At the traffic light, go straight; campus is 2 miles ahead on the left.

Local Accommodations
The Courtyard Marriott (387 Winter St; 866-419-0999) and the Holiday Inn Express (385 Winter St; 800-824-2538) have a special rate for university visitors. The Best Western TLC (477 Totten Pond Rd.; 781-890-7800 or 800-424-2900), Double Tree Guest Suites (550 Winter St.; 617-890-6767), and the Westin Hotel (70 3rd Ave.; 781-290-5600 or 800-332-3773) are also close to campus.

Admissions

Applicants: 11,343
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Average HS GPA: 3.84







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